Dowa banks on MCP’s red-green hope for free corrupt, developmental Govt

 

MCP’s green-red hope

 

DOWA-(MaraviPost)-The main opposition Malawi Congress Party (MCP) leadership on Saturday brought hope for the developmental-cautious government with an assurance of having modern boma come 2019.

 

The central district despite being agricultural produces hub, is still in abandoned since Malawi’s attainment of democracy since 1994.

 

Without the the First Malawi’s President Dr. Hasting Kamuzu Banda developmental mindset, the district could be in shambles as only a few notable infrastructures are available.

 

MCP President Lazarus Chakwera along side his deputy Sidik Mia and entire backroom staff said enough of Dowa’s misery.

 

Chakwera told the boma rally that the government in waiting will revolutionize Malawi’s agriculture system where rural farmers  be transformed economically.

 

Before the rally The MCP leadership toured Mvera and other places with message of hope come 2019.

 

“Malawians are now tired of man made stricken poverty due to poor leadership particularly Dowa which feeds the capital city with farm produces.

 

“Dowa should wear its original dignity design that was put by British Protectorate. We need new hospital, schools and quality road networks”, assured Chakwera.

 

The MCP President who is also opposition leader in Malawi Parliament assured the nation of free corrupt and nepotism government.

 


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Mia, the lowershire figurehead touted of his ability to turn Malawi into an independent economically nation.

 

The MCP First Vice President reminded the nation of his past track record performance in the water and roads network sector.

 

“I am a star performance as I managed to improve water resources quality provision from 55% to 95% when I was Water Developed Minister. But now the record has slipped backwards to 60%.

” So, the nation must have confidence in us taking Malawi level of development than ever before “, assures Mia.

Chakwera and Mia are expected also to address the political rally in Mchinji.

Political parties are over the country seeking their votes just six months before the general elections.

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Malawi mangoes set for Indian markets

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Malawi mangoes, which taste almost like Alphonso mangoes, will be imported from the African country starting this week to be sold here, said traders.

“Mangoes from Malawi will be available in Mumbai and Pune this week at about Rs1,500-1,800 a dozen, two months ahead of India’s mango season that begins in January,” said PN Khaire, a vete, a veteran fruit trader from Maharashtra.

While this is the off season for mangoes in India, insignificant quantities of local varieties are available in some markets, like the Ratnagiri Alphonsos that were sold at Rs 2,000 a dozen a few weeks ago in Mumbai.

The Malawi mangoes will be available in bulk as about 150 tonnes are likely to be imported this year.

The variety of mangoes that will be imported will be 99% similar in taste to Indian Alphonso mangoes, sources at Malawi Mangoes said during an earlier interaction.

Indian traders are upbeat about importing mangoes from the African nation as the two countries have different harvest windows.

Indian mangoes are not available during October to December, when mangoes are harvested in Malawi.

The arrival of Indian mangoes begins with those coming first from the Konkan coast of Maharashtra and Kerala.

Beginning from South to North, the Indian season runs from January through August.

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Satanists are pushing back as the devil appears in more shows

 

This has been a particularly hellish year in television and film. From A24’s Hereditary to Hulu’s Castlerock , the devil has lurked behind dozens of 2018’s most talked about plot twists, appearing time and again to rain chaos on the mortals who challenge him.

But with Beelzebub on such a roll, modern-day Satanists are once again pushing back on Hollywood’s decades-old practice of fictionalizing their very real belief system.

The Church of Satan has publicly criticized the misrepresentation of their organization in FX’s American Horror Story: Apocalypse, responding to a comment made by star Kathy Bates on Twitter in the process.

Similarly, another group, The Satanic Temple, has leveled a $50 million copyright lawsuit against Netflix and Warner Bros., contending that one of their iconic religious statues was ripped-off for use in Chilling Adventures of Sabrina.

At the core of these developments is a simple complaint: when it comes to Satanism, Hollywood just doesn’t get it.

So, who are the real believers supposedly “inspiring” these horrific narratives? And what can be done when it comes to accurately representing them on screen?

The historic “Satanic Panic”

The Exorcist (1973) and Rosemary’s Baby

(1968) are two legendary examples of the film industry’s enduring fascination with Satan. Notably, their releases also coincided with—and may have played some part in—what many have come to know as the “Satanic Panic” of the late 1960s and early 1970s.

The Church of Satan, founded by late High Priest Anton LaVey, began recruiting members to their non-theistic religious organization in 1966. Distribution of The Satanic Bible and later its companion volume The Satanic Rituals presented a

reimagined version of existing nihilist philosophy to newcomers—highlighting Satan not as a supernatural being, but instead as a “symbol of pride , liberty, and individualism.”

Simply put, LaVey’s Satanists were (and are) atheists. But their non-threatening stance on what some have called “self-worship” quickly became entrenched in more sinister news items of the time.

During the summer of 1969, the notorious

Manson family murders took center stage as one of the nation’s most sensationalized current events —rivaling both Woodstock and yes, the moon landing. The ritualistic slaughter of numerous victims understandably raised the national profile on Satanic ritual abuse and was made even more disturbingly dramatic by its connection to Rosemary’s Baby director Roman Polanski.

In the years that followed, numerous serial and spree killers, including Ted Bundy and the infamous Son of Sam, as well as the Jonestown massacre gained international attention. Although not all of these high-profile crimes were directly related to occult practices, they enflamed a very specific fear of devil-worship in the United States, which was then fed by popular culture.

This “moral panic” continued well into the 1980s and an article from Vox makes a compelling argument that its effects were felt as late as 2016.

And now, the fall 2018 TV season is adding powerful new fuel to that narrative, extending the mythical terror to present day.

The Church of Satan’s Anton LaVey in American Horror Story

Cue American Horror Story: Apocalypse, which recently featured Anton LaVey—or, at least, a parodied version of him—throughout its ten episode season.

Appearing most prominently in Episode 6 “Return to Murder House,” the fictionalized LaVey introduces himself and his two followers to Michael Langdon, AHS’s Antichrist, as members of The Church of Satan. The trio vows to assist Michael in his takeover of Earth and subsequently performs a ritual human sacrifice of a young woman abducted from a bus stop.

A cursory glance at The Church of Satan’s

website will quickly inform you that this portrayal is far from factual. Among a number of inaccuracies, real Satanists absolutely do not believe in a supernatural god and they certainly don’t sacrifice living beings to it. (Moreover, Anton LaVey’s death in 1997 was not staged as AHS contends.)

Church officials have responded to the AHS depiction in multiple formats, including a post specifically directed at American Horror Story, a statement on 2018 Satanic media representation at large, and a number of comments on Twitter. As is the case with much of their literature, their responses have been nuanced, lengthy, and a bit dense.

The Church of Satan has assured its congregants that officials will be “monitoring such developments as this trend plays out.”

Broadly speaking, The Church of Satan is neither pleased with the portrayal nor outraged by it. Current High Priest Peter H. Gilmore regards the representation of LaVey as “both a disservice and an insult to the memory of a true iconoclast,” but concedes that the farcical portrayal may be “the price [Satanists] pay for being prominent in contemporary media.”

The church additionally takes no issue with fellow Satanists who continue to enjoy American Horror Story, noting: “Mileage varies amongst our folks who care enough to view it. We aren’t a collective, but a varied cabal of individuals, so to each his own!”

However, this live and let live philosophy does not entirely supersede the genuine concerns some Satanists have over these caricature-like images. Gilmore has said he wouldn’t be surprised to see “less sophisticated viewers” take hostile actions toward his faith’s followers.

As a result, The Church of Satan has assured its congregants that officials will be “monitoring such developments as this trend plays out.”

The complicated case of Chilling Adventures of Sabrina

On the more litigious end of the spectrum, you have The Satanic Temple’s pending lawsuit against Warner Bros. and Netflix, a copyright claim the plaintiff is

valuing at $50 million. The suit itself is straightforward, but the politics surrounding it muddle the discussion.

The Satanic Temple contends that Warner Bros. and Netflix are profiting from its well-established statue, “Baphomet With Children.” This image of an ancient deity (often attributed to occult practices) was commissioned by The Satanic Temple as part of a controversial protest regarding the separation of church and state.

In Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, a strikingly similar statue appears at

Sabrina’s “Academy of Unseen Arts.” The Satanic Temple is accusing the show’s creators of unlawfully cashing-in on their original work.

Both Warner Bros. and Netflix declined to comment on the accusation.

Copyright claims aside, ownership of this particular image doesn’t speak to the factual or responsible portrayal of Satanists on screen. But the clash between The Satanic Temple and the aforementioned Church of Satan does. These are entirely separate groups and the looming Sabrina lawsuit is highlighting a long-standing rift between them.

This unexpected laundry list of accusations only scrapes the surface on a long-standing, nuanced rift between The Church of Satan and The Satanic Temple.

In a statement made on behalf of The Church of Satan, Reverend Joel Ethan first clarifies the distinction between his organization and The Satanic Temple. He then presents an evidentiary argument that picks apart The Satanic Temple’s copyright claim bit-by-bit, ending with a particularly out-of-left-field kicker.

“While TST is known for childish PR stunts such as fake political rallies, mailing ‘cum rags’ to congress and rubbing genitals on grave stones to turn people gay after their deaths, these actions are not in anyway representative of the apolitical, individualistic and atheistic religion of Satanism. Please do not attribute their actions to us.”

This unexpected laundry list of accusations only scrapes the surface of the interfaith disagreement between The Church of Satan and The Satanic Temple.

Case in point: responding to Mashable’s request for comment, The Satanic Temple similarly provided a lengthy account of discontent.

Here is an excerpt.

In regards to your request for reaction to The Church of Satan’s recent statement regarding the lawsuit, the most anyone can say at this point about the Church of Satan’s constant need to make uninformed statements about The Satanic Temple’s affairs is: it’s not our concern and should be of no concern to anyone else. Their stances are purely based on needing to be against us, not based on any legitimate counter-arguments or knowledge of the activities at hand, and merely provides them the opportunity to continually and falsely claim sole ownership of Satanism. The advantage of being a do-nothing group is that, by virtue of merely stating disapproval of our actions, anyone also taking issue can rally behind them in applause for a stance that requires nothing more than 10 minutes of writing incoherent ramblings laced with hypocrisy and irony.

Summarized plainly, neither group thinks the other qualifies as correctly Satanist. And, perhaps more importantly, they simply don’t want to be confused with one another any longer.

That makes accurately representing their philosophy and practices on screen that much more complicated.

Can Hollywood represent Satanists accurately?

When asked how The Church of Satan would ideally be depicted, Reverend Joel Ethan told Mashable, “I think like anyone we simply want to be portrayed accurately. Especially in the case like AHS where we are mentioned by name, I don’t think that’s too much to ask.”

Most reasonable consumers of media can agree that fictitious imaginings of real religions should reside within factual framing. Unfortunately, in the case of Satanism, that is far easier said than done.

History suggests Satanists will need to present a united philosophy for beginners to latch onto.

For practicing Satanists to effectively fight back against decades of cinema-fueled Satanic panic and find realistic portrayals of their faith on screen, history suggests they will need to present a consistent, united philosophy for beginners to latch onto.

Or, at the very least, find a way to stay in the same room long enough to agree on the rules they expect Hollywood to follow.

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DPP SG Griselda wins primaries unopposed

 

By Juliet Mlowoka Chirwa, MEC Stringer Nkhotakota

Ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) parliamentarian for Nkhotakota South constituency who is also Secretary General for the party,Griselda Jeffrey, has called on all party followers to exercise Peace during party primaries being conducted in various districts of the country.

The call comes following her victory on the party parliamentary primaries held at Nkhotakota LEA school on Saturday.

Speaking in an interview after the caucus, Jeffrey said she is grateful to the people in her constuency for giving her a chance to contest again on the party ticket in the coming 21 May 2019 polls.

She said” am happy that people in my constuency have given me another chance to represent them hence I am committed to make sure I bring the needed development in the area”.

She then called on all party royalists to exercise peace and rally behind her and president professor Arthur Peter Mutharika in the coming elections so that they win with a majority vote.

On his part, Member of Parliament for Chitipa South constituency Welani Chilenga, who was one of the presiding officers for the elections commended the supporters for their overwhelming support  which he said shows that more malawians are happy with how the party is discharging it’s duties.

He then called on all followers in other districts where the primary elections are yet to take place, to emulate the discipline people of Nkhotakota have displayed during the elections.

During the elections, Griselda Jeffrey has won unopposed to represent the party as parliamentary candidate, while Doreen Nkhoma went unopposed as well to contest as a councillor for Linga-Sani ward as Patrick Khombola Samson won against Aubrey Kamanga to represent Mpama ward.

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Lakeshore RC Chidzanja greedy puts MCP into disrepute….Salima North-West primaries suspended for second time


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SALIMA-(MaraviPost)-The main opposition Malawi Congress Party (MCP) Lakeshore regional chairperson Augustine Chidzanja is putting the party into disrepute on how capable can handle internal minor issues.

RC Chidzanja’s questionable character of failing to handle the party’s primaries in the lakeshore region must be taken seriously.

Dedza East and Salima North-West constituencies whose incumbent Members of Parliament (MPs) including Juliana Lunguzi and Dr. Jessie Kabwira respectively is a typical example on how Chidzanja and his committee are putting the party’s image into disarray.

RC Chidzanja along side his backroom staff Maganga and Chimphoyo (Salima District chairperson) are soliciting bribes from potential aspirants to disturbalize party’s well-structures area committees in their favor just to win primary elections.

For instance on Saturday, November 17, Chidzanja with his team was caught registering new area committees dissolving the already existing structures in Salima North-West constituency.

The aim was to have new areas that favours aspirant Enoch Phale whom he has paid heavy some of money to do the exercise at the expense of owners of the party.

While the primaries were supposed to take place, Chidzanja and his team dissolved eligible committee which was mandated to run primaries.

With ego to meet his needs after the plot failed, Chidzanja instructed presiding officers Deus Gumba and Makowa Mwale to suspend the primaries to a later date.

The decision was made without consulting the seating MP Kabwila when all in all aspirant Phale detained vehicles that were meant for ferry delegates to primaries venue.

“We decided to called -off Salima North West constituency primaries due to logistical challenges as delegates were not ferried to voting venue. So, I will need a report on how this happen that a new date be set for the same exercise,” discloses Gumba after the primaries were suspended.

Chidzanja and his team refused to speak to the media following the second called-off of the Salima North West constituency.

The development angered the incumbent lawmaker Kabwila saying Lakeshore RC Chidzanja incompetency and greedy have cost the party’s reputation.

Kabwila told journalists that the conduct of Chidzanja has worsened people on the ground with the party a head of 2019 general elections.

“This is so pathetic that the entire lakeshore regional committee still putting the party into disrepute over small matter that could have been resolved amicably. But, let me assure people of Salima North West that Kabwila remains their MP a head of 2019 general elections,” assures Kabwila

It is not known if Chidzanja and Chimphoyo have the blessings of the Party’s Executive but their continued arrogance and defiance to the party orders shows there’s more than what meets the eye.

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Jumani “Kamuzu Banda son” back into Malawi

LILONGWE-(MaraviPost)- Reports reaching the Maravi Post has revealed that Jumani, a man who claims to be the son of the late and first Malawi president Kamuzu Banda has returned in Malawi.
Jumani was deported years ago after he made the same claim.
Jumani has for years said his DNA results are the same of Hastings kamuzu Banda, a claim that has been vehemently denied by late Kamuzu family.
More details of his arrival into the country, will be provided.

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Malawi soldiers’ death toll rise to six in DRC peace keeping mission

Two more Malawian peacekeepers in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) have been killed, as the death toll reached six, with other nursing life threatening injuries, the Malawi Defence Force said on Friday.

MDF public information officer Paul Chiphwanya said apart from the four that were announced on Thursday to have been killed, two more were confirmed dead.

Chiphwanya identified the fallen soldiers as Lieutenant Aubrey Kachemwe, 35, from Moyale Barracks in Mzuzu and Corporal Jonathan Kapichiri, 36, from Parachute Battalion in Salima.

“I can confirm that the death toll has reached to six. It has been incredibly sad,” said Chiphwanya.

Meanwhile, the tributes have poured in including political leaders describing it “tragic news.”

The first thing that leapt out when the Malawian military released the first four men’s identities was their ages. Chauncy Chitete and Benjamin Nsongela (from Moyale Barracks in Mzuzu were just 29, while Simplex Taferakoso of Changalume Barracks in Zomba was 31 and Steven Kambalame was 38 from Malawi Armed Forces College (Mafco) in Salima.

They were killed after a rebel ambush of the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF), a rebel group blamed for a series of attacks.

President Peter Mutharika, who is also Commander-In-Chief of the MDF, expressed sorrow and paid tribute to the fallen soldiers.

The MDF spokesman said the military “has lost courageous, hardworking and disciplined soldiers who were always ready to serve to ensure that peace prevails.”

The remains of the Malawian soldiers would be repatriated when the United Nations had completed procedures after the incident, according to MDF spokesman.

Chiphwanya said the families of the fallen soldiers have been informed about their fate.

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CIA concludes Saudi Crown Prince Ordered Khashoggi murder

The CIA has concluded that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman ordered the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi inside the country’s consulate in Istanbul last month, The Washington Post reported Friday.

 

The agency has high confidence in its assessment, the newspaper reported.

 

The CIA reportedly examined multiple sources of intelligence in reaching its conclusion, including a call between the crown prince’s brother Khalid bin Salman and Khashoggi.

 

Khalid, who is the Saudi ambassador to the U.S., reportedly told Khashoggi, who was a columnist for The Post, that he should go to the country’s consulate in Istanbul to get documents for his marriage to a Turkish woman, offering assurances that he would be safe.

 

People familiar with the call, reportedly intercepted by U.S. intelligence, told The Post that it wasn’t clear if Khalid knew Khashoggi would be killed when he returned to the consulate, but said that he made the call at the direction of his brother.

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Chiefs fault MEC on Elections code of conduct

Chiefs fault’s MEC on Elections code of conduct.

 

By Mwai Nkhoma

LILONGWE-(MaraviPost)-Chief’s have have expressed dismay with the way the Malawi Electoral commission(MEC) conducted the National Conference on Chiefs and Elections.

The event which was held today in Lilongwe was marred with irregularities as chiefs question MEC as to why they should sign a documents that they were not consulted.

During the meeting which drew chiefs from all district’s of the country MEC officials led by Chairperson Dr Jane Ansah were taken to task as to why the document contained some aspects that were contradicting with their culture.

Phalombe based senior Chief Chiwalo questioned as to why the Commission wanted the chiefs to endorse the conduct without giving them enough time to understand it.

“I’m wondering as to why you are saying we should  sign this document when there are some provision which are contradicting with the way we conduct our duties do you want us to sign this document for fear that you may not give us allowances?” quired Chiwalo.

Chiwalo’s remarks which attracted around of applause from the delegates open a can of worms as majority of them punched holes in the document.

In her response MEC Chairperson Jane Ansah told the delegates that there observation would be incorporated into the final document but edges them to sign the document.

Commenting on this development one Senior Chief  who opted for anonymity said the chiefs should have been involved in the drafting of the document.

“You see, there are some  recommendations that are contrary to our culture for example that chiefs should not receive gifts from.politician that one is a violation of our culture because in most cases when one wants to seek an audience with a chief he or she is supposed to pay some thing first as a gift to the chief,” Chief Chiwalo said.

He added that the other code of conduct which is in dispute with the culture values is that of not allowing candidates to speak in a manner that might seem to be campaign during funeral services.

“I just don’t understand why and how can that happen we as Chiefs can achieve that because by nature  if someone has given a hand to a needy we  appreciates by giving him or her an opportunity to speak especially politicians, so if we starts telling them not to mention some things won’t that discourage would be helpers,” He said.

The event attracted about 300 delegates which comprised of Senior chiefs and Traditional Authority’s.

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Malawi importing 65,000 tons of coal per year

Former minister of Mines and Energy, Grain Malunga who is also a mining expert says “the local mining industry has the potential to surpass agriculture as the number one forex earner.

Malawi imports about 65,000 tonnes of coal per year  and spends around US$3.9 million annually from neighboring countries.

According to Malunga  this trend can be changed if local miners including Jalawe Coal Mine, Chombe Coal Mine, Mchenga Coal Mine, Kasikizi Coal Mine, Lisikwa Coal Mine, Nkhayuti Coal Mine and Nkhachira Coal Mine  are fully supported by local industries and government.

For example, Jalawe Coal Mine is capable of producing at least 100 tonnes per month to supply the  tobacco industry and other industries including brewery companies.

Speaking in an interview in Lilongwe, Malunga said Malawi is not fully utilising the existing mineral endowment because of lack of public investment in the minerals sector.

He said “ Priority should be put in exploration of minerals to the level that investors can be attracted to put their money for feasibility studies and mining. This is true with the coal sector
where mining is done without more information on continuity and tonnage. The efforts being undertaken by the local coal miners such as Mean Jalawe Coal Mine need to be supported in order to grow their capacity to contribute to import substitution.”

According to Malunga, the mining  industry id hampered by luck of capital and technology leading to companies operating blindly.

Malunga said that this problem can be sorted out through proper tax incentives and basic knowledge generation to attract private investment as is the case right now.

Malunga said Malawi has huge potential to produce minerals such as gold, coal, rare earths, niobium and uranium which can in the end spur sustainable economic growth.

“In Malawi we have companies such as Mean Jalawe, Nkhayuti, Nkhachira and Lisikwa which are locally owned and are helping government in job creation and saving forex. This effort needs to be guarded jealously band harnessed to grow the industry”.

“Since independence, Malawi has been depending on agriculture as number one forex earner but lately mining has been identified as a priority sector for economic diversity along side tourism. Malawi’s coal deposits are of good quality with low ash content and less sulphur hence suitable for sustainable use without influencing much climate change,” he added.

Spokesperson in the Ministry of Natural Resources Energy and Mining Sangwani Phiri  concurred with Malunga that there is need for more efforts to woo a lot of investors in the mining sector if Malawi is to benefit more.

He said.”Mining by nature is labour intensive and a lot of jobs can be created if huge  investments can be attracted to the sector. As a country we have a lot of information  at geological survey and investors must make use of it. With more in vetsors in mining
agriculture casn just be playing a complementary role.”

Former Chief Geologist, James Chatupa concurred with Malunga that the mining industry in Malawi is not being fully utilised but has got huge potential.

Chatupa said in an interview that Malawi spends a lot of resources importing coal from neighbouring countries including Mozambique.

“Companies such as Mean Jalawe, Chombe , Kasikizi, Nkhayuti and Nkhachira have the capacity to supply local demand and meet the export demand. What government needs to do is to support local companies in growing their production capacity through removal of non tariff
barriers.”

Mining industry in Malawi is currently contributing about 1 percent to the GDP and has the potential to contribute 20%. Currently the industry employs abour 40,000 people and has the capacity to employ about 200,000 people.

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